Irish bagpipes solo, Arthur P. Kenna - piano. Gallagher was a Leitrim flute player who learned the pipes in America. Confusingly this medley has only two tunes in it, although three are listed. Perhaps Moran was the musician who Gallagher learned the other hornpipes from. In my copy of Francis O'Neill's Second Edition of Waifs and Strays of Gaelic Melody (1922)there is a Moran's Hornpipe, the second tune in this medley, taken from the fiddling of Patrick Stack (whose duets with piper Eddie Mullaney are featured on this site), with this note: "The above traditional Irish hornpipe now printed for the first time, ciculated wihout a name among the fiddlers around Listowell, County Kerry, in Stack's student days. The present title is that by which it has been given publicity by Michael J. Gallagher a clever performer on the Irish or Union pipes, recently from Ireland." This was before the record's release, so Gallagher would've most likely been known to O'Neill from performing on theater stages. Willie Clancy's performances of both tunes are transcribed in the Dance Music of WC. A more streamlined version of the Plains of Boyle was recorded by fiddler James Morrison; Dublin piper Leo Rowsome recorded both Morrison's setting and the Leitrim Fancy on 78s and they are still very popular tunes. Gallagher's very pipey setting is also still played by pipers. Yet another setting was recorded by flute player Tom Morrison and accordionist PJ Conlon, which will be featured on this site along with Leo's take of the Leitrim Fancy.
Ia_orig__titleMoran's Hornpipe, The Plains of Boyle, The Leitrim Fancy